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the president's pick to head the pentagon, former republican senator chuck hagel, came under fire from members of his own party during a very contentious confirmation hearing. >> name one person in your opinion who's intim nated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> senator hagel, please answer the question i asked. today, do you think unilateral sanctions would be a bad idea? >> all this raising questions about how effective chuck hagel will be if confirmed as secretary of defense. earlier this weekend, i sat down for a rare joint interview with the top military leadership issue the outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. >>> secretary panetta, welcome back to "meet the press." general dempsey, welcome. let me start with the man that is poised to take your place. he underwent on thursday a pretty tough round of questioning. he seemed to struggle with a lot of the answers. of course this is chuck hagel, the former republican senator from ne
the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator hagel, the qu
. >>> senate republicans block a vote to confirm defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd has the very latest. good morning, chuck. >> good morning, natalie. president obama is standing by his embattled defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel as his former senate republican nominee put up that roadblock that is an attempt not just to kill the nomination but also delay it. >> the ayes are 58. the nays are 40. >> chuck hagel came up short of a 60 vote filibuster roadblock that senate republicans demanded, delaying what could still be his confirmation vote by at least two weeks. president obama was emphatic in his defense of his embattled nominee. >> chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate, will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still preside iin over a war in afghanistan. >> reporter: some republicans want more time because they say hagel hasn't provided enough information on speeches he gave in the last five years
with the pentagon. senate republicans blocking at least temporarily the nomination of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the motion to move toward a final vote failed 58-40. it's the first time a defense secretary has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >>> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there's still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. majority leader harry reid plans to bring up the matter when congress plans to recess later this month. >>> during a live google hangout chat president obama defended his position on the war on terror insisting everything he's done is legal. but he admitted the publ
nominee chuck hagel expected to be confirmed despite a contentious confirmation hearing. he spent hours answering questions from the armed services committee in the senate. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. at one point he grappled over whether he was wrong to oppose the 2007 surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as defense secretary and be the only republican in president obama's cabinet and the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. the transportation secretary who is also a republican expected to resign as well. this should be wrapped up with the senate vote for chuck hagel next week. >>> it's 4:06. a judge will decide whether to declare a mistrial days after a culpeper police officer was convicted of manslaughter. two dtionaries and a thesaurus. >> jurors looked over the definition of m
for defense secretary, chuck hagel, but chuck hagel is a step closer tonight, brian. he got through a key committee and there might be a full vote on his confirmation by as early as thursday. >> chuck todd, we'll see more of you later tonight. thanks. >>> and let's bring in the rest of our team, joined by three former nbc news white house correspondents here in the studio, david gregory, andrea mitchell and savannah guthrie. not an attempt to make anybody feel old. david, we will start with you. what are you looking for tonight? >> this is ultimately about the economy. economic restoration is really what the president those focus on in a second term. he has got an opportunity here on guns. you will see a big show of that tonight. on immigration, he can work with republicans but there is bedrock opposition. i spent time with the house speaker today. these two sides are so far apart on taxes and spending. they don't see a way really to get together. i think it's going to be tough speech from that point of view and i think republicans are only gonna dig in. >> savannah, atmospherics going in
's nomination of defense and cia. he says he'll hold up the nominations of chuck hagel as defense secretary and john brennan as cia director until he gets more information regarding the syrian attack on the u.s. embassy. >>> and "argo" continuing its winning streak. the latest hardware picked up, next. >>> coming up on "sports final," no jacket required as the cavaliers renew their former battle in college park. lebron turns up the heat in los angeles. and we check in with rg-3 on his recovery. >> i've just got to be smart about it and >> that's coming up on "sports final" right after the news. >>> another win for "argo." it's adding best picture at the british academy film awards. ben affleck also won best director. >>> you may have noticed gas prices are rapidly going up. the average price for a gallon has gone up just about a quarter in two weeks. according to aaa, the national average is now $3.58 a gallon. around here the average in virginia is $3.46, maryland at $3.59 and the district up to $3. 74. experts blaming a rise in wholesale prices. >>> conflicting reports about how close we
making news this morning. chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense. the senator armed services committee approved his nomination along party lines 14-11. hearings became heated after texas senator ted cruz suggested hagel received money from what he called quote extreme and radical groups. >> this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he's served his country and no one on this committee at anytime should impugn his character or his integrity. >> meanwhile, treasury secretary jack lew heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing. it's confirmed that he will succeed timothy geithner. >>> conditions seem to be going from bad to worse aboard the abandoned cruise ship. those on board said filled with sick passengers, scarce food and only a handful of toilets. the ship is being towed. >>> and a tiny affenpinscher beat out hundreds to win best in show at the westminster kennel club. banana joe, or joe, was best in show. >>> and a little m and a act
in the nomination process for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. just a short time ago, a procedure vote to close the debate on the nomination narrowingly failed in the senate. president obama said republicans are playing politics while the nation is still at war. hagel has faced many challenges from fellow republicans. republicans also are demanding more information on president obama's actions on the night of the deadly terror attack at the u.s. consulate in ben ghazi, libya. they want that before they will confirm hagel. the next vote is likely to happen on february 25th. that's when congress returns from a resist. >>> prince george's county got a boost in its ever to have the fbi move its headquartered to green belt. metto says it has about 88 acres that could benefit from a federal agency locating there. no firm decision has been made about moving the fbi anywhere just yesterday. leaders in d.c. and virginia say they're putting proposals together. they wanted new fbi headquarters too. >>> a really nice day out there today, doug. i think we'll have more tomorrow, but look at that sun
're watching "early today." >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. chuck hagel now has the 60 senate votes needed to be confirmed as the nation's next defense attorney after winning support from richard shelby of alabama. a vote is expected tuesday. >>> meanwhile, 15 republican senators have sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagels nomination saying he lacks broad bipartisan support. >>> former illinois cop drew peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife kathleen savio. in a rare courtroom outburst 59-year-old screamed "i did not kill kathleen." peterson is still a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife stacy. >>> the russian cruise ship was adrift in the ocean after the cable snapped twice. the ship's owner is in talks with salvage companies to locate and retrieve it. >>> massive mutant gold fish are being found in lake tahoe. septembers believe they were dumped there by aquarium owners and could have a negative impact on the lake's species. >>> and the deadbeat dan. robert sams pl
american workers just broke a record. we're goin >>> one of former senator chuck hagel's biggest critics says he will now vote to confirm him as defense secretary. senator john mccain said he and his senate colleagues will support hagel as leader of the pentagon. republicans and others filibustered hagel's confirmation last week. mccain says he expects fahagel be confirmed next week. >>> microsoft deals with a string of problems. the latest involves a worldwide outage for a service that stores data. the service went down yesterday afternoon. the company says it's slowly restoring the program. to add on to the problems, it's the latest company to suffer a hacking attack. it's giving few details about what happened but said it affected a small number of employees' computers. no customer data was stolen during the attack. microsoft now joins facebook, twitter, and apple as online companies that have been hacked in the past month. >>> if you've noticed that your office has been a little empty this winter, you're not alone. more americans called out of work sick in january than any other mont
to vote on whether to move forward on chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense. >>> chicago voters in congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the trek social secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers have the sequester $75 billion in spending cuts. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with the answer and more on that. >> reporter: mara, good morning. still no negotiations going on here in public here or behind the scenes. congress now back in session, but really no talks going on between them and the white house. president obama today heads to virginia where he'll speak at a ship builder concerned about jobs. they have job keshgzs in all 50 states. and the president is being criticized by house republicans, especially house speaker john boehner for not staying in washington. but as we're telling you there are serious differences on how to get rid of these deficits and to prevent the budget cuts from happening on friday.
at chuck hagel this week. with those hearings. will he end up, in fact, being confirmed. >> i think he is going to end up getting confirmed. i talked with one republican senator, roy blunt, who said he is going to vote no on hagel but not going to support a fil fillibuster. the bigger question, is he politically strong enough to do the things that need to be done in the defense department? there will be some huge budget battles. considering how badly he was treated by republicans and this relationship being as bad as it is between senate republicans and chuck hagel, can he he be effective in the job? >> open and very important. we will check back with you to see what's coming up on meet the press. >>> tom llamas is in for jenna. >>> we begin with a scary ride home for a college visit for dozens of high school students in boston. the oversize charter bus they were in hit a low overpass sending 34 to the hospital. one is in critical condition. firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free some of them. they were on their way back to philadelphia after visiting harvard when the crash h
at the event. >>> the senate is voting n whether to confirm chuck hagel. president obama nominated the former republican senator from nebraska to replace leon panetta. a rocky confirmation hearing put the nomination in jeopardy. the senators involved in the hearing, he said, did not focus on key issues. >> it's obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. >> what disappointed me is that they talked a lot about past quotes. but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today. what about the war in afghanistan, the war on terrorism. what about the budget sequester and the impact it will have on readiness. >> panetta and martin dempsey say they expect hagel will be confirmed. >>> panetta discussed u.s. drone attacks on potential terrorist targets, they said they don't come lightly. he added there's an intricate process of establishing targets. those who authorize the drone attacks make sure it's focused on terrorists. >>> a coast guard officer will be honored for rescuing a pilot from a navy jet crash. petty officer nicholas bean will receive the meritorious service me
. the senate armed services committee plans to vote today on former nebraska senator chuck hagel's no, ma'am mags. >>> montgomery county lawmakers could make it tougher to smoke in public today. the county could you please sill was expected to take action on property owned or leased by the county. could include county bus stops and shemters. under the bill, the county's director of health and human services would be allowed to designate outdoor smoking areas on certain properties. >>> if you live in maryland expect to pay more for natural gas. thera opponents say it will allow them to charge customers for upgrades before the work is done. governor o'malley has not indicated whether he will sign this bill. >>> new this morning, a recent rash of battery problems on the bole 787 dreamliner sparked proposed safety changes. a united nations agency suggests eliminating exemptions that allow large lithium-ion batteries to be shipped on passenger planes. they're prone to catching fire. boeing tested new batteries in the 787 dreamliners after a series of problems last month, including at least two
the nomination of a defense secretary nominee. the gop temporarily filibustered former senator chuck hagel's confirmation. they say they want more information on how president obama handled the deadly terror attack in benghazi, libya. the president said republicans are playing politics with national security. democrats vowed to revive the vote after they return to a week long break. >>> john kerry picked the university of virginia to make his first foreign policy speech as secretary of state. he will address students and staff next wednesday. it will be followed by a series of speeches across the country. he will also make his first overseas trip as secretary of state to europe and the middle east. >>> today is a busy day for president obama. first he'll welcome italian president to the white house. napolitano is about to leave office after serving a seven-year term. the obama administration calls the visit a "farewell call". >> then the president flies to his hometown of chicago. there he will visit a school in the same area where he owns a home. he's expected to detail economic condition
. >> and chuck hagel, he was before the firing squad this week. we have a clip, an exchange between mccain and hagel. listen. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? >> well, i will not give you a yes or no and i think it's far more complicated than that. >> how do you think he handled that? >> he seemed to struggle the entire season, and they did mock hearings according to administration and people i talked to, and chuck hagel made the decision he would not have arguments during that. and we will see leon pennetta on "meet the press," and he was very tough on the republican, and he thought the republicans showed that it was clear that they had their political knives out to try to carve up chuck hagel. >> this is quite the duo, and all of the hot spots you talked about, we get into that conversation. >> thank you. >> see you later. >>> if you filled up your tank lately you probably noticed gas prices are up. right now gas prices are the highest they have been since -- they have ever
services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel. that's after republicans demanded more information. several senators want more details on hagel's business dealings and the content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> members of the senate intelligence committee will soon learn more about the obama administration's drone program. the white house says the justice department sent classified advice about the program to the senate and house intelligence committee
will be the most likely but down the road. chris: they go for the middle. >> chuck hagel went through some very tumultuous confirmation hearings for defense secretary which he hasn't been confirmed yet, hasn't even been voted out of the armed services committee. but leon panetta is having him say goodbye to his employees tuesday, this coming week. he's planning on getting out of there. he can stay after the goodbye but it's a big -- chris: to vote next week. >> interesting footnote on the debate whether to arm the syrian rebels. we now know last summer the c.i.a. director petraeus, secretary of state clinton denouncing secretary defense panetta and the joint chiefs said yeah, let's do it. in the fall after it was turned down, they red-teamed it to see what the effect would have been and their conclusion was it would not have been decisive if the u.s. had followed that program of arming rebels in part because the rebels already have so many weapons anyway, that's not their problem. chris: one thing i like about that story, it tells who makes the decisions. >> the reason it's happening -- chris:
panetta is critical of this week's confirmation hearings for former senator chuck hagel. he said the hearings should have been less political and partisan and more about the tough issues hagel would face. >> what about when a secretary of defense is confronting today, what about the war in afghanistan, the war on terrorism, what about the budget sequester and the impact it's going to have on readiness? what about the middle east turmoil? what about cyber attacks? all of the issues that confront a secretary of defense, frankly, those were -- we just did not see enough time spent on discussing those issues. >> you can see chuck todd's full interview with defense secretary leon panetta and with the joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey tomorrow on "meet the press." >>> up next the 15-year-old who was nominated for the moebl peace prize. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes.
killed in that war. chuck hagel is expected to be confirmed as defense secretary despite a rough day of questioning on capitol hill. his record as a senator caused frequent concern for the senate armed services committee. in 2001 hagel voted against sanctions on iran to stop the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. he apologized for his offensive comments that accuse israeli lobbyists of intimidating lawmakers. >> you said the jewish lobby, that term shouldn't have been used, it should have been some other term. name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> i have stated that i regret the terminology. >> but you said back then, it makes us do dumb things. >> if confirmed, hagel would be the first vietnam veteran to be defense secretary. his supporters say his experience makes him uniquely qualified. a vote is expected next week. >>> today in virginia, texting while driving could get closer to becoming illegal. a senate committee will vote on that legislation today. one bill up for consideration would increase the fine from
as originally planned. the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more detail of hagel's business dealings and contents of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> 4:36. florida senator marco rubio will deliver the republican response to the president's state of the union address. the 41-year-old cuban american lawmaker spoke at last year's republican national convention. he's part of a bipartisan effort to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill. rubio was elected to the senate in 2010. he will now give the gop's rebuttal on tuesday after the presidential address. >>> some rare praise from virginia democrats for the republican speaker of the house. they're commending speaker bill howell for killing a gop redistricting plan. howell ruled that the moment which would have redrawn senate district lines was not relevant to the legislation it was attached to. senate republicans pushed
senator chuck hagel could be one step closer to being confirmed. the committee plans to put the nomination up for a vote. >>> now to the ongoing search for the ex-officer wanted for murder. new documents reveal christopher dorner might have fled to mexico. as police continue their manhunt across southern california, authorities are searching more than 30 square miles across the big bear area, which includes a popular ski resort. dorner's burned-out truck was found in the area with weapons and camping gear inside. dorner was fired a few years ago from the lapd and it's believed his attacks are part of a revenge plot. >> to be targeted because you took an oath to protect others, to have your family targeted because they're related to you, that is absolutely terrifying. >> authorities have increased security along the u.s./mexico border and warn airport security to be on the lookout for dorner. >>> two men are if jail this morning accused of killing a 15-year-old who recently performed during inauguration festivities here in washington. chicago police say hadiya pendleton was not the intended
without a replacement. a confirmation vote for president obama's nominee chuck hagel is expected in the next few days. >>> 18 after the hour now. john brennan is on track to be the next cia director despite -- members of the senate intelligence committee grilled brennan about his defense of unmanned drones to target and kilter roar suspects overseas. that includes u.s. citizens. he told the committee that the obama administration only uses drone strikes when there are no other options. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> pro esters interrupted the hearing several times much the head of the committee, dianne feinstein had capitol police clear the room of all spectators. that hearing later resumed with only senate staff members and reporters there. >>> today comedian stephen colbert will s
of chuck hagel as defense secretary and john brennan as cia director until he gets more information. >>> just two days away from president obama's state of the union address. the economy and job creation are expected to take center stage in the annual speech. today on "meet the press" congressional leaders from both parties said they're anxious to hear what the president has to say about the looming sequester. >> the president believes and i agree within tax reform we can find additional savings over the next ten years. use that to move toward deficit reduction and still keep this economy moving forward. >> i want reductions in spending that make sense. these indiscriminate reductions do not make sense, and we're going to hurt a lot of people. >> president obama added a third stop in his post-state of the union tour. he's going to travel to chicago, north carolina, and georgia to discuss proposals unveiled in his speech on tuesday. his speech on tuesday. >>> the familmy bad. tell me you have good insurance. yup, i've got... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate. really? i was afraid you'd
chuck hagel for defense secretary. the gop temporarily blocked a final vote on his confirmation because they want more information on how president obama handled that deadly terrorist attack in benghazi libya. the president says republicans are playing politics with national security. democrats will revive the vote after they return from a week-long break. >>> the redskins are responding to the increased pressure to change the team's name. how they're handling the debate. >>> also ahead, why metro is being accused of playing favorites in the ongoing competition land the future fbi headquarters building. >>> no snow to deal with this morning. but more could be on the way. your forecast and we'll peek at roads in charles county, weather and traffic it is the end of an era for spin garn high school. they one of 15 d.c. schools slated to close because of low enrollment. for decades, the green wave were known for strong academics and impressive alumni like elgin baylor and dave ding. they beat luke seymour high school 72-60. lot of folks sad about the school closings. >> indeed. there's a lo
of chuck hagel as defense secretary on hold were do thing goes from here? >> reporter: well, on "meet the press," senator john mccain said while he doesn't believe hagel is qualified, he also doesn't believe his nomination process should be held up any longer. the full senate is expected to vote on hagel when it reconvenes next week. >> kristen welker tonight. thank you. >>> as you just heard, one of the big issues in the immigration debate is border security. despite progress claimed by the federal government, nbc's mark potter found that for some americans who live near mexico, the border is anything but secure. >> reporter: in the rugged terrain south of tucson, arizona, advocates concerned buzz border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed who cross the border and travel miles north inside the united states. >> a trail coming in. >> reporter: it's why rancher david beckham made the painful de
a vote. >> reporter: brian, also tonight, a setback for the president's pick for defense secretary, chuck hagel, because of continued republican opposition. hagel will need 60 votes to be confirmed, not the usual simple majority. that's the first time that's ever happened for a defense secretary nominee. that vote showdown will happen before the end of this week. >> peter alexander at the white house for us tonight. peter, thanks. >>> and now to what has become a very unsavory story about conditions on board a cruise ship deteriorating very rapidly. it is no carnival tonight on board the carnival vesicle "triumph" after a fire, a power failure, a bathroom failure, an air conditioning failure, a foot shortage and now a tow into port in mobile, alabama, to end the suffering on board what was supposed to be a nice escape for over 3,000 passengers. our report tonight from nbc's janet shamlian in mobile. >> reporter: these are the passengers who have been toughing it out on the crippled "triumph," living four days now without power, working toilets or enough food. the photos were taken from an
that his replacement will be sworn in tomorrow. the senate confirmed the nomination of chuck hagel. did it within the past hour. the sharply partisan vote was 58-41. just four republicans crossed the aisle. voting in favor of the former senator from nebraska. this confirmation process turned bitter at times with the republican filibuster and hagel opponents questioning his commitment to israel and his stance on iran. >>> a couple who went for a walk and went bird watch found some human remains in laurel. they stumbled on a skull in the woods on sunday. they were hiking off spring road and whiskey bottom road in laurel. the medical examiner's office is looking to identify the remains now. >>> a part of the u.s. navy that was based in maryland for more than two decades. it is on its way to its new home mitt. it left pier 11 in baltimore for its last time. it is headed to its new home in norfolk, virginia. the ship provides medical and surgical care for u.s. staff overseas. the ship has traveled everywhere from the persian gulf to haiti and even to new york city after september 11. the nav
the nomination of former republican senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. this doesn't stop him. the nomination isn't dead. it is, however, a delaying tactic, as several senators press the white house for more information on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last september 11th. >>> well, it may be appropriate timing on this valentine's day. a major corporate marriage made official. american airlines and usairways are now one giant airline. the largest in all the world. it's a deal designed to pull american out of bankruptcy and make it better able to compete in the big leagues. but what does it mean for all us air travelers? our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: since 1934, american airlines has been a corporate icon. helping to build new york's laguardia airport, hiring the first female airline pilot, the first electronic tickets. ♪ something special in the air >> reporter: but after years of struggle, it surrendered to bankruptcy protection in late 2011. today, a lifeline in the form of an $11 billion merger with usairways. >> we will once agai
: also tomorrow, the senate is expected to consider chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary once again. brian, this time the republican filibuster is expected to fail. hagel could be confirmed as early as this wednesday. >> peter alexander at the white house tonight. peter, thanks. >>> almost thankfully we at least get to talk about the weather, even though it is a massive blizzard churning its way across this country tonight. watches and warnings are up in several states, many already hard-hit. now facing what is shaping up to be another record-breaker in some parts. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel joins us from wichita, kansas tonight. hey, mike. good evening. >> hey, good evening, brian. all or parts of 20 states tonight into wednesday are under some type of winter weather warning or advisory. it stretches from texas to maine. meanwhile, this morning the plains got hit hard by howling wind and blinding snow. the storm hit hard in the predawn hours in the texas panhandle. >> oh, my god, dude. >> reporter: 2 to 3-inch per hour snowfall rates and hurricane-force wind gu
on the hill, the president's choice for defense, chuck hagel, was confirmed today by a 58-41 vote in the senate. he's a former republican senator from nebraska, though some of his roughest treatment was at the hands of fellow republicans. when he walks into the pentagon as the new secretary of defense, he will be the first vietnam veteran to have that job. he still carries shrapnel with him from combat, where he earned two purple hearts. >>> now to the weather, as another big storm pounds the plains and the midwest. you can see it is a huge system, as it sweeps across the country now from west to east. it has dumped more than two feet of snow outside denver. it's caused blizzard conditions through kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and they're having a genuine, classic winter evening in chicago. that's where we find weather channel meteorologist eric fisher on michigan avenue tonight. eric, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we're not seeing those up to hurricane-force gusts that we had across the plains that wreaked havoc yesterday, but we are seeing that same heavy, wet sn
around the world, particularly africa, and chuck hagel and that contentious con f furmation hearing, and is the nfl doing enough to protect its players? we will have a candid conversation with bob costas'. >>> how a theater is using the audience to do promotion work for them. >>> and then stay with us, you are watching news4 today. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. >>> tomorrow one of the world's biggest daredevils will attempt his latest feat. better known as the french spider-man will try to climb a hotel in cuba. he practiced yesterday for the 27-story climb. his affinity for climbing started as an accident when he was 12. he was locked out of his families' apartment and climbed e
by the republicans or the president, but they're holding it back. >> chuck hagel i'll bet is glad the week is over. he went through a grilling. >> the wringer. i think he found out that when you switch sides, maybe, from your close friends, that they're a little more bitter, more upset. the white house was not thrilled with his performance, thought it could have been better. they're sticking by him, happy no democrats peeled away. there are 5 democratic senators. there's enough to confirm him, and republicans i've talked to, i talked to roy blunt today on the msnbc show, and he said i'm voting against hagel, but ifili. >> sunday panetta? >> leone panetta. the defense guys are very fired up about what's happening. i know that a lot of people around town here care about this a lot. >> thanks, chuck. >> see you. >>> doug? cold out there today? snow this morning? what's going on? a couple days ago it was 72 degrees? >> like tuesday our wednesday? >> this is what january is supposed to feel like in our region. yeah, 72 one day, 66 the next day, 40, 50-degree temperature drops. we've seen a heck of a we
to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. political analysts expect him to win approval despite a brewing confirmation hearing yesterday. he was grilled on his stance on iran and israel. if confirmed, he'll succeed leon panetta. >>> we'll find out if a mistrial will be declared in the case of a former culpeper police officer. two dictionaries and a thesaurus were found in the swrir room after the verdict was handed down on tuesday. jury members apparently looked up the definition of the word malice which suggests that they might have been confused about their instructions. daniel harmon-wright claimed he shot patricia ann cook last year when his arm was caught in her suv window when she tried to drive away. >>> d.c. police need your help identifying a man who kidnapped and groped a teen. the attack happened yesterday morning in the 5100 block of nannie hill and boroughs avenue. a man got out of his suv and forced the teen inside. he drove her a few blocks away, groped her and let her go. if you saw anything, call d.c. police. >>> you may have noticed that eun and i and tom danella have hi
just approved the nomination of former nebraska senator chuck hagel as defense secretary. this matter now moves on to the full senate where the republicans have already threatened to delay confirmation or scuttle this nomination entirely. today retiring secretary leon panetta said good-bye to his defense department colleagues in a ceremony this morning but his last day on the job hasn't been announced yet because he's waiting for his successor to be confirmed. there you have -- moved out of the senate committee and on to the full senate. >> busy day in the news. this time tomorrow we could be talking about some big changes in our weather, doug. >> yes. tomorrow afternoon is not going to be a very nice afternoon. but for most of us that means rain. if you are a snow lover, winter has not been our friend. this storm will disappoint in n that fashion. we are looking at a beautiful evening. it was spectacular today. one of the best days we have seen in quite some time. sunshine, temperatures that made their way close to 60 degrees. right now we are sitting at 54 3 degrees. clear skies onc
chuck hagel, could move one step closer to being confirmed today. the senate armed services committee plans to put hagel's nomination up for a vote. >>> most people you meet know their credit score off the top of their heads. you may want to double-check it this week. the federal trade commission says as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports. including the spelling of your name, your address, your birthday and in some cases even your payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan qualifying for lower interest rates or cost you a job. if you find a mistake on your credit report. you're advised to contact the credit reporting agencies to have that immediately resolved. >>> let's check in with angie goff on the live desk with breaking news. >> wrestling fans not happy with this one. the international olympic committee deciding today to remove the sport of wrestling from the 2020 olympics. this after the executive board held a meeting had morning. now, other sports being considered that survived the cut were badminton and table tennis. the last
former nebraska senator chuck hagel to replace panetta. the senate recently postponed its vote on hagel's nomination. >>> we hope you are not heading to the northeast region. you can't get there at this point, right, doug? >> you really can't. i-95 not looking too bad. new york city, a lot of wet roadways, the snow coming down. not too heavy now. it's expected to increase over the next couple of hours. our weather, not bad here either just yet. over the next few hours, our weather will deteriorate as the winds pick up. 42 degrees right now. a few showers around. most down to the south. again, 7:00 p.m., 38 degrees. maybe just a couple of showers. 9:00 windy with temperatures of 35. i expect the windchill to be around 25 at that time and just cold and windy by 11:00. if you're going to be out and about tonight, it's going to be one cold night. windchills around 20 degrees. now, i want to pause in my weather contract just for a minute. i want to say congratulations to james michael ii, his father a prince george's county police officer. he's now graduated. beginning to hit the streets in
killed in that war. a vote is expected on the confirmation of chuck hagel as second of defense. he spent hours answering questions from the senate armed services committee. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. he had one con stentious explanation with john mccain. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder had this country since vietnam? >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. i think it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel, will replace leon panetta as defense secretary. he'd be the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. >>> at this hour, a search for a missing teenager in takoma park, maryland. this is a picture of 16-year-old vanessa hendersonment she was last seen on hudson avenue about noon yesterday. police believe she's wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and pink and black nike sneakers. she's about 5'6", 130 pounds and has a birthmark under her right eye. she has an acoustic guitar with her. if you have any information, call police. >>>
the same conclusion. >>> former senator chuck hagel will have to wait a little longer to find out if he will be the next defense secretary. members of the senate armed services committee decided to delay hagel's confirmation vote which was scheduled for this morning. that's because republicans demanded more information. several senators want more detail of hagel's business dealings and content of past speeches he's made. democrats say the move is just political posturing and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> what could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia, john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser is under scrutiny for using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia or worked in the cia under president h.w. bush. >>> and we're learning more information about the winning powerbal
is nominating subpar nominations. and john brennan and chuck hagel are awaiting confirmation of head of cia and defense secretary is that correctively. >>> and then ehrlich is looking to fill the seat. leopold resigned after being found guilty of misconduct. >>> and chris brown's weekend incident, we have gone through the police report. >>> and a man that goes above and beyond to fulfill a promise to a family during the iraq war. >>> the clouds are already starting to move in. when do the rain drops arrive? i will give you a check of the [ male announcer ] so there's lots of people out there who aren't happy with their internet. [ spokesman ] hi, are you lindsay? yes. did you say, "my internet's so slow it's like a car with no gas"? yes. [ male announcer ] well lindsay, you're about to get verizon fios quantum, america's fastest, most reliable internet. so that's what you used to have... okay. and that's fios. wow, this is crazy fast, almost unbelievable. [ male announcer ] that will put some gas in the old tank lindsay. supercharge your internet speeds. switch to fios and we'll triple your
possible replacement as defense secretary, former nebraska senator chuck hagel. could move one step closer to being confirmed today. the senate armed services committee plans to vote on hagel's nomination today. >>> speak egg of today, right now, lawmakers are meeting to discuss current and potential laws to help reduce gun violence. a senate judiciary subcommittee is holding a hearing to review new proposals as well as looking at the effectiveness of current gun laws. the director of the johns hopkins center for gun policy and research and family members of shooting victims will be among those testifying today. >>> and this morning, the vatican says pope benedict xvi will not participate in the conclave to pick his successor. next month, more than 100 cardinals will meet at the cat v vatican to begin the closed-door ritual to pick. it takes a two-thirds majority to become pope. this morning on the "today" show father robert baron explained what the cardinals will look for when picking a new pope. here's what he had to say about what happens when when they meet to make that choice. >> they
of mail service. >>> a full senate vote could happen sometime this week to approve chuck hagel as the nation's next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee voted along party lines in hagel's favor. hagel faces opposition from his fellow republicans. many challenged his past statements on -- hagel is president obama's choice to succeed leon panetta. >>> health officials in new zealand won't be adding health warnings on soft drink labels. after a woman who drank two gallons of coca-cola a day died of a heart attack. a coroner said the amount of soda and caffeine she drank likely led to imbalances that caused her heart problems. officials with the food and grocery council say labels will not save anyone who chooses to drink 30 cans of coke a day. >>> the federal trade commission says the makers of four loko will be required to put an alcohol fat panel on the backs of every can. the facts include the alcohol by volume and number of servings. fusion came under pier for deceptive marketing. they will also have to change the cans containing more than 2 1/2 servings of a
attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi libya. the arizona senator put a hold on chuck hagel's confirmation process for secretary of defense. but a vote on the former nebraska senator is expected tomorrow. >> u.s. military leaders are denying accusations of soldier brutality from hamid karzai. karzai ordered all u.s. special operation forces out of the wardak province. a stronghold in central afghanistan. u.s. forces were involved in the kidnapping, torture and murder of afghan civilians and suspects. this comes on the heels of car guy his forces from calling in nato air strikes in areas. saying there's been too many civilian deaths. >>> breaking news out of vatican city. angie goff at the live desk. >>> we've confirmed aaron, that cardinal keith o'brien has stepped down as archbishop. he's the most senior roman catholic cleric. this follows allegations that he denies of inappropriate behavior that dates back to the 1980s. inappropriate behavior towards other priests. >> the vatican is expected to -- at the live desk, angie goff. >>> the archbishop of wash ton, cardinal worre
chamber to decide if chuck hagel will become the next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee voted along party lines in favor of his confirmation. hagel faces opposition from fellow republicans. many challenged his past statements on votes on israel, iran, iraq and nuclear weapons. >>> more than halfway through the winter. our area has not seen a major snowstorm yet. that has plenty of money in the coffers for d.c. not for maryland though. they spent more than half of its budgeted $41 million. compare that to d.c. and virginia which have spent about a third of their budgets. maryland's highway administration says heavy snow in the west has been a big reason behind its drained budget. but it still has enough money and resources to get through the rest of the winter. >>> all right. it's 6:51. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. we haven't seen much snow but that could change for a little bit, tom. >> in just a little bit. i'll have snow this afternoon into tonight. between now and then, a lot of cloudines cloudiness. live view from the city camera. reagan national
, matt and savannah. good morning, everyone. defense secretary nominee chuck hagel after republicans stalled his nomination, the former gop senator is now back on track to win confirmation and succeed leon panetta. >>> violence in civil war this morning as a massive explosion rocks syria, hours after president bashar al assad's regime said it was prepared to hold talks with the rebels. they are unlikely to talk to the government they accuse of mass atrocities. according to human rights watch, the syrian military fired several ballistic missiles into residential areas of aleppo, killing more than 140 people, including 70 children. >>> today marks 20 years since the first attack on the world trade center here in new york city. the car bombing back in 1993 killed six people and left more than 1,000 others injured. the names of those victims are now inscribed at the september 11th memorial and a ceremony will be held there today. >>> a desperate race against time near monterey bay in california after the coast guard received a series of distress calls from an unidentified family, the las
confirmation votes today. the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more degree of hagel's business dealings and content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> this morning a northern virginia congressman is defending his support for a bill to legalize marijuana. representative jim moran as well as d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton are two of the several co-sponsors of the measure. it calls for decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level and allowing states to regulate it. moran says it's time to reform drug laws, calling enforcement expensive. he says federal taxation could generate upwards of $20 billion a year. >>> today family, friends, and colleagues will pay their final respects to a prince george's county civil rights pioneer. tonight is the viewing for former maryland delegate christine jones. this is happening at the bethlehem baptist church on martin luther king avenue in
and a half. >>> in just about an hour, the bitter battle to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary could come to an end. for the first time in history the senate filibustered his nomination, holding up his conversation for more than a week. but some of his most vocal opponents now say they will support the former republican senator. lawmakers will vote at noon. if they end the filibuster, a final vote to confirm hagel could immediately follow. >> mr. chairman, final tally is 19 ayes including proxies, and 5 nays. >> ayes have it. the nomination is recorded. >> and just like that, the senate finance committee gave the thumbs up for treasury secretary nominee jack lew. the panel voted overwhelmingly to approve the nomination, sending the vote now no the senate floor. most recently, lew was president obama's chief of staff and would succeed timothy geithner if approved. >>> baeren bernanke is in the middle of testifying to the senate banking committee. the federal reserve chairman talked about how the economy is slowly but surely improving. he also discussed the impending sequestration and
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